The Fall 2017 Mechatronics for Humanities student showcase featured eight student projects developed in the MECH 90 capstone class, designed to serve a human need or problem. Sponsored by US Bank and hosted at Hacker Lab Powered by Sierra College, students designed the format of the showcase and self-organized the agenda and their presentations for the evening, and Prof Michael Halbern opened the showcase and provided background on the course and competition. Projects included Mason’s robotic arm, Tyler’s robotic arm, Jesus’ scientific testing device, Jake’s app-activated deadbolt, and James’ Water Warden (conservation project).
Following the presentations, James’ Water Warden project was selected for the top honor. The water saving device was designed to reduce the loss of groundwater, saving resources and reducing waste. The presentation to James included a custom designed and fabricated award by Peter Chang, a resident electrical engineer of the maker and coworking space.
Students were provided with scholarships from US Bank to use the makerspace for their projects. Key tools mentioned in presentations included the laser cutter, electronics lab and parts, access to a community of makers and 24 x 7 access.
Judges for the event included Steve Hunter, professor emeritus, Mechatronics; Kelly Fulfer, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager, Auburn, US Bank; and the Nile Mittow, Chief Innovation Engineer from Hacker Lab. Mechatronics for Humanity ShowcaseProgram Fall 2017